Avoiding Mosquito Bites While Pregnant

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Many women who are currently pregnant or are thinking of becoming pregnant may be frightened by the threat of the Zika virus. The virus is spread through mosquito bites and can cause severe birth defects like microcephaly to babies who are born to mothers infected with Zika. The condition microcephaly leads to a smaller size head and brain damage in the infant.

Brazil is one of the most widely affected countries with over 4,000 cases of the Zika virus being diagnosed since May 2015. The World Health Organization has issued a warning the the virus may spread throughout the Western Hemisphere in 2016. In January there was a travel alert that warned women to avoid visiting Puerto Rico and 13 other countries in Central and South America. While the risk of contracting the Zika virus is low for most women, there are some other reasons to try and avoid mosquito bites since they can lead to West Nile Virus, other viruses and are just generally uncomfortable.

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Top Tips for Homemade Baby Food

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There will come a stage in your child’s life when they need solid food.Making your own baby food can be a great way in which to create nutritious meals for your baby and saves on costs at the same time. In this article we will give a selection of tips on how to create your own baby food.

The first step is to consider vegetables and things like sweet peas and avocados are perfect. These can be mashed up so that they are easy to chew and the child will enjoy these because of their sweet flavour. Other vegetables such as butternut squash and sweet potato are also on offer and will provide a wide range of vitamins. If you want other information, then you can talk to your local patrician about possible options.Try and focus on foods that are organic and stay away from those that may have used pesticides. You can find a list of the vegetables that have been used with pesticides on the dirty dozen list.

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Selecting Sunscreen for Your Little One

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With all the different types of sunscreen available, choosing one for your baby can be tricky. Don’t just focus on the price tag. Remember that the most expensive sunscreens are not necessarily the most effective ones. Consider your needs and take the time to read the labels and print on the packaging.

Skin damage can result from two types of ultraviolet rays—UVA and UVB. When possible, choose sunscreen that protects your child from both types of radiation by looking for labels that provide broad-spectrum defense.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, a good sunscreen should have a sun protection factor or SPF rating of at least 30. If your child has very fair skin or is prone to sunburns, opt for sunscreen with a higher SPF.

Determining if a child has an allergy can be difficult at such a young age, so choose sunscreen that is hypoallergenic and free of fragrances. For babies with sensitive skin, search for sunscreen with titanium dioxide or zinc oxide as the active ingredient.

Applying sunscreen on babies isn’t always an easy task—so find a product that is easy to apply quickly such as a lotion or spray.

Of course, take note that babies below six months of age should be kept out of the sun as much as possible. If they cannot be properly shaded, only apply sunscreen to select areas of the body such as their face. When going outside, always dress your child in lightweight clothes that preferably cover both arms and legs. Don’t forget a hat!

5 Best Creative Baby Carriages for Your Baby

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The safety of babies is quite important to their parents. Baby carriages are a must for parents who are eager to take their kids everywhere they go, due to the fact that children under 3 years of age have trouble walking long distances. With these baby carriages, taking your baby out for a walk doesn’t have to be tedious any longer.

Highlighted below are best baby carriages that will make going out with your baby fun and interesting.

Armadillo Baby Carriage

This is a classic baby carriage for any outing. It comes in awesome colors such as Lemon Drop or Blue Fizz that will make your baby feel cool. It is a fast, single-handed close with great storage, a cartwheel friendly brake and additional huge cover for utmost weather and sun protection or lying flat.

UPPAbaby VISTA

With the convertible UPPAbaby VISTA baby carriage system, there isn’t a seating style you can’t get. It is one of the most versatile baby carriages you can ever get for your kids. Infants are carried in a hook-on UPPAbaby MESA car seat, newborns ride in detachable bassinet and toddlers in any way – lying flat, upright, backward or forward.

Chicco Bravo Trio System

This baby carriage truly grows along with the baby. Without the need of waking the baby, the KeyFit infant car seat easily clicks in and out of the Bravo baby carriage for in-and-out errands. Chicco Bravo Trio baby carriage can take up to 50 pounds, by the time toddlerhood rolls around.

BOB Revolution

BOB Revolution is the best baby carriage for active parents. It comes with all-terrain tires, hand activated rear drum brakes, ideal for conquering inclines, adjustable handle as well as swiveling front wheel that makes it very easy to maneuver on the go.

Baby Jogger City Mini

Baby jogger City Mini is the best baby carriage for city moms. It is stylishly compact and easy to maneuver. Furthermore, this baby carriage has a lot of storage space for your city slicking adventures.

There are many baby carriages available on the market today, which makes it difficult to know the one to choose from. The Baby Jogger City Mini, BOB Revolution, UPPAbaby VISTA, Chicco Bravo Trio System and Armadillo are the best baby carriages to choose from.

Preparing to Use Baby Formula for Your Newborn

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If you are like most new parents, you probably have concerns about how to prepare baby formula correctly. Yes, there is a correct and wrong way to prepare and store formula. It is important for the safety of your little one that you learn to do it correctly. The preparation is not difficult, however, it is crucial that the correct ratio of water is mixed to the formula to ensure the right amount of nutrients are received. Since you little one does not have the immunity to fight germs, it is especially important to protect them from foodborne illnesses. Here is some important information that you should know and follow.

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Teething stage and how to deal with it

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The teething stage of the baby is one of the most difficult stages for the mother and the child in the same time. The child would be very annoyed, he would cry frequently and there will be an increase of his temperature, lack of sleep and a lot of symptoms that would worry the mother and the whole family. That’s why we are going to let you know everything about the teething stage and how to deal with it properly and safely.

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The Different Types of Baby Formula on the Market

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As a new parent, you probably have so many questions about baby formula. One of the biggest questions most often asked by parents about formula is; what are the types of formula are safe for my baby to use? Well, there are many types of formulas on the market, and finding the right one for your baby should not be that difficult.

However, when you do decide on one particular formula, it is best to stick to it, even if you have the urge to switch. At the first sign of gas, spitting up, or colic most parents think it is diet related. Most of the time, it is usually just your little one’s tummy still trying to mature and regulate itself.

Five of the most commonly used formulas for babies in their first stages of life are cow’s-milk- based formula, lactose-free, soy-based, extensively hydrolyzed formula, and formula for premature and low-birth-weight babies.

Cow’s-Milk Based

You will find that most milk on the market today has cow’s milk for the main ingredient. The good news about the milk is that it has been altered so that it is easier for your little one to digest. You baby will not be able to drink regular whole milk until after their 1-year old birthday. Your pediatrician will help you decide the right time.

Lactose-free

There are some cases were babies just cannot handle the sugar that is naturally found in milk. It is rare but it does happen from time to time. In instances such as this, your child’s doctor will recommend an alternative formula that replaces the sugar with corn syrup or a different type sugar.

Soy-based

Soy milk is actually great for little ones with allergic reactions to the protein in cow’s milk. Most babies who are allergic to protein in cow’s milk might have mild rectal bleeding at bowel movement times. The formula is made with plant protein and quite easy to digest. Parents who are vegans also might prefer for their little one to drink soy-based formula as well.

Extensively hydrolyzed formula

The protein is broken down in extensively hydrolyzed formula so that it is easy for the baby to digest. Most formulas have larger protein molecules that can be harsh on a little one’s tummy. If your child has several types of allergies, or a difficult time absorbing nutrients, ask your doctor about this type formula. It is also good for babies who suffer with common skin conditions such as eczema.

Preemie and Low-Birth Formula

These formulas have been designed specifically for babies who were born early and underweight. The formula contain more protein and calories which are easy to absorb and has fat called medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) in it. It is most likely that before your little one lives the hospital your doctor will talk to you about this type of formula. If not be sure to ask about formula that is right for your child if they were born underweight or as a preemie.

New formulas come out on the market every day to help parents give their children a good source of nutrition. More formulas now are being geared toward children who have allergies, or born with different types of medical conditions. Be sure to ask your pediatrician to help you make the right choice for your little one.